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Undergraduate Course: Community-Based Research 4: Honours Research Workshops (EDUA10210)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education and Sport CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will help and support students throughout the process of their honours research projects by offering a series of workshops designed by the students.Building on the learning outcomes of the three previous CBR courses this workshop based course will offer an academic space for students as they embark on their honours research projects.These workshops will provide an opportunity for students to gather more information about research approaches and techniques and share sources of research.
Course description 1) Academic Description
Building on the learning outcomes of the three previous CBR courses this workshop based course will offer an academic space for students to build their theoretical and practical knowledge and capacity of social research. These workshops will provide an opportunity for students to study in more depth research approaches and techniques and share sources of research. Students will begin the course with a fairly clear idea of what the research topic of their dissertation will be and how they intend to go about their project and this course will compliment their dissertation project..

2) Indicative Content
Ontological perspectives on research
Epistemology and Methodology
Issues of reflexivity and ethics
Qualitative research methods
Data Analysis
Practitioner research
Design and create a research poster

3) Learning Experience
This will be a highly participative and collegial learning experience as students will identify and organise a lot of the content of the workshop sessions depending on their research interests and the development of their projects. Academic staff and practitioners may be invited to join particular workshops to share advice and expertise.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Plan and organise a substantial research project
  2. Identify appropriate data sources and organise the process of collection
  3. Complete the collection and storage of data sources and understand the GDRP implications
  4. Design ethical research, which takes account of power and positionality in the research process.
  5. Create and present an academic poster outlining a research proposal.
Reading List
Bell. J. & Waters, S. (2014) Doing your Research Project: A Guide for First-Time Researchers (6th Ed.) Maidenhead: Open University Press. Full text available online via netLibrary (restricted access)
Cohen, L., Manion, Land Morrison, K. (2017) Research methods in education (8th ed.) London: Routledge. Full text available online via netLibrary (restricted access)
McArdle, K. (2018) Freedom Research in Education: Becoming an Autonomous Researcher. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave MacMillan. Full text available:
Punch. K & Oancea, A. (2014) Introduction to Research Methods in Education (2nd Ed.), London: Sage. Full text available:
Silverman, D. (2017) Doing Qualitative Research (5th Edition) London: Sage Full text available:
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1) Apply Knowledge Skills and Understanding
Design and carry out a practitioner research project
Report on Research Findings

2) Generic Cognitive Skills
Understand the relationship between research and real-world practice problems

3) Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others
Plan and develop their own research project
Ability to work with others in a collegial fashion
KeywordsPractitioner-Based Research,Data Analysis,Reporting,Reflexivity,Qualitative research
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